Yes, HUD 223(a)(7) loans typically allow prepayment. However, there is often a 0-2 year lockout period, during which the loan cannot be prepaid at all, followed by an 8-10% declining prepayment penalty. This means that the prepayment penalty will decline by 1% each year, starting after the lockout period ends.
Just like other HUD multifamily loans, HUD 223(a)(7) loans are fully assumable subject to FHA approval and a fee of 0.05% of the original FHA-insured loan amount. The fact that these loans are assumable can be a significant benefit to borrowers; especially those who want to sell their property after a few years. This is because having a new borrower assume the loan prevents the previous borrower from having to pay a prepayment penalty.
When refinancing with the HUD 223(a)(7) loan, the existing loan term may be extended by up to 12 years. At the same time, the new term cannot exceed the initial loan term.
In general, the HUD 223(a)(7) loan program does not allow for cash out refinancing. Instead, the 223(a)(7) loan can only finance certain eligible costs, including 100% of the property’s existing mortgage, third-party reports, minor/moderate property repairs, replacement reserves, prepayment penalties (if the borrower is paying off their HUD multifamily loan early), and certain other costs. Borrowers who wish to get cash out from a multifamily property may wish to look towards other types of financing, such as a CMBS loan.